A Grant!

We have some very exciting news to share!  We received an e-mail to day from HandinHand, and they will match up to $4,000 of donations to help us bring home Baby Boy!  This means we could potentially earn $8,000 towards our adoption expenses just in time to pay the remainder of our country fee.  Praise the Lord for his good and gracious timing!

They have given us a sample fundraising letter to send out, and we’ll also be using this opportunity to match donations received for our piano recital and photography fundraisers.  We’ll include a copy of the letter here, in case anyone is interested in mailing in a donation for Baby Boy:

Dear Family and Friends,

As many of you may have already heard we feel that God has called us on a new journey to provide a“forever” family to a child in the Democratic Republic of Congo through the process of adoption.  We have started down this path of adoption and will be excited to bring our two month old son home within the next seven to ten months.

This road to adoption is full of many joys and challenges, the greatest joy being the inclusion of a child into our family and the greatest challenge being finances.  The costs of adoption include the expense of a home study, adoption agency, lawyers, travel expenses, etc., with the total cost ending up somewhere around $30,000.

We were recently awarded a matching funds grant to help with the expenses of our adoption through Hand in Hand Christian Adoption, Inc. a non-profit private operating foundation.  Hand in Hand will match any funds that are donated through our friends and family for the expenses of our adoption.  All funds received through our friends and family will be matched dollar for dollar by Hand in Hand up to our awarded grant amount.   All donations are tax-deductible.

Please find enclosed a grant award letter that will explain more about the matching grant program from Hand in Hand Christian Adoption, Inc. You can find out more about Hand in Hand through their website at www.handinhandadopt.org. If you have further questions about the Hand in Hand matching grant program please feel free to give us a call at 406-599-9384 or email us at cnseifert@hotmail.com.  You may also contact Hand in Hand Christian Adoption, Inc. with any questions you may have. They can be reached at 913-248-5015 or by e-mail at handinhandadopt@gmail.com.

Please send all donations made payable to “Hand in Hand Christian Adoption” postmarked by September 30th  to: (for tax purposes please include our name on the outside of the envelope only…do not put our name on the check itself)

Hand in Hand Christian Adoption, Inc.
Joel and Carly Seifert
18318 Mimosa Court
Gardner, KS  66030

Thank you for your prayerful consideration in bringing Benjamin home to his “forever” family.

Walking Hand in Hand,
Joel and Carly Seifert
406.599.9384
pastor@shiningmountains.org/cnseifert@hotmail.com – See more at: http://www.africatoamerica.org/2/archives/08-2012/1.html#sthash.yhgaX4WR.dpuf

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